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What We Know About the Washington State High School Shooting Suspect

Jaylen Fryberg/Facebook(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — The shooter who opened fire at a Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State Friday was identified to ABC News by eyewitnesses and authorities as Jaylen Fryberg.

Fryberg, who was a student at the school, died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. One girl died and four others were injured in the gunfire.

Rachel Pomeroy, a junior, said she knew the shooter and last spoke with him on Thursday.

“He was fine the day before. He was being sassy, as always, and good,” she said.

While Fryberg’s motive isn’t immediately known, Pomeroy said he had just come off suspension for a fight.

Robert Fryberg, who identified himself as Jaylen’s brother, reacted in real-time on Twitter. First there was dismay about the shooting and then shock when he tweeted that he heard the name Fryberg.

“I just heard some news and I pray to God that it is not true,” he wrote.

Two hours later: “I’m gonna miss you little bro,” he tweeted. “Only God can judge you.”

Jaylen Fryberg is seen smiling in many pictures on his Facebook page, hunting, participating in sports and surrounded by friends.

In many ways, he appeared to be a typical teen, liking video games and counting Adele and 50 Cent among his favorite musical artists.

His Twitter account yields some insight into what he was feeling in the days leading up to the shooting.

The messages posted to his account earlier this week were filled with angst.

On October 20, he tweeted: “Alright. You f***** got me…. That broke me.”

The next day, he wrote: “It breaks me… It actually does… I know it seems like I’m sweating it off… But I’m not.. And I never will be able to..”

Later, he added: “I should have listened…. You were right… The whole time you were right…”

Another tweet read: “If I just laid down…”

On Thursday, his final tweet read: “It won’t last…. It’ll never last.”

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What We Know About the Washington State High School Shooting Suspect

Jaylen Fryberg/Facebook(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — The shooter who opened fire at a Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State Friday was identified to ABC News by eyewitnesses and authorities as Jaylen Fryberg.

Fryberg, who was a student at the school, died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. One girl died and four others were injured in the gunfire.

Rachel Pomeroy, a junior, said she knew the shooter and last spoke with him on Thursday.

“He was fine the day before. He was being sassy, as always, and good,” she said.

While Fryberg’s motive isn’t immediately known, Pomeroy said he had just come off suspension for a fight.

Robert Fryberg, who identified himself as Jaylen’s brother, reacted in real-time on Twitter. First there was dismay about the shooting and then shock when he tweeted that he heard the name Fryberg.

“I just heard some news and I pray to God that it is not true,” he wrote.

Two hours later: “I’m gonna miss you little bro,” he tweeted. “Only God can judge you.”

Jaylen Fryberg is seen smiling in many pictures on his Facebook page, hunting, participating in sports and surrounded by friends.

In many ways, he appeared to be a typical teen, liking video games and counting Adele and 50 Cent among his favorite musical artists.

His Twitter account yields some insight into what he was feeling in the days leading up to the shooting.

The messages posted to his account earlier this week were filled with angst.

On October 20, he tweeted: “Alright. You f***** got me…. That broke me.”

The next day, he wrote: “It breaks me… It actually does… I know it seems like I’m sweating it off… But I’m not.. And I never will be able to..”

Later, he added: “I should have listened…. You were right… The whole time you were right…”

Another tweet read: “If I just laid down…”

On Thursday, his final tweet read: “It won’t last…. It’ll never last.”

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Remains of Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham Identified

Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The remains of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who vanished last month, have been positively identified, police said Friday.

The remains were found in a field on Oct. 18 about 10 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, where the UVA sophomore was last seen.

Surveillance cameras captured Graham at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 13 with a man named Jesse Matthew.

Matthew, 32, was named the suspect in the case a week after she vanished and he was arrested days later in Galeveston, Texas. He was charged with abduction with intent to defile, although now that the remains have been identified as Graham’s, the charges will likely be increased.

Prosecutor Denise Lunsford said new charges against Matthew are being evaluated.

“The focus of the investigation now is to determine what charges will be brought and the appropriate time to make those charges,” Lunsford said in a statement.

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Ebola ‘Poses No Threat to Others,’ Mayor Assures New York

Office of the Mayor NYC(NEW YORK) — The mayor of New York City on Friday assured a city alarmed over the presence of an Ebola patient that the patient “poses no threat to others.”

“We are fully prepared to handle Ebola,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Friday, a day after it was announced that Dr. Craig Spencer was admitted to Bellevue Hospital with a diagnosis of the lethal virus.

De Blasio said the city’s emergency system has “planned for the crisis…That’s why we’ve been ahead of the game.”

Spencer, 33, was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Thursday, seven days after returning from Guinea where he had been treating Ebola patients. Spencer is in stable condition, according to the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Mary Bassett.

The doctor’s fiancee Morgan Dixon and two friends have been quarantined so they can be monitored. An Uber taxi driver was also in contact with Spencer, but was not believed to be at risk.

De Blasio said that there were three public establishments that Spencer visited in the day before he was symptomatic. Two of the establishments — Blue Bottle Coffee, a stand on the High Line park, and a Brooklyn bowling alley called The Gutter — have been cleared to reopen.

A Greenwich Village restaurant called The Meatball Shop was in the middle of their inspection during the press conference. If the restaurant is cleared, it plans to reopen for dinner Friday night.

Officials stressed that the tests are being done out of an abundance of caution because Spencer did not display symptoms when he visited those locations and the first time he recorded his elevated 100.3 degree fever was between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday.

A clean-up crew hired by the city’s Health Department was inside Spencer’s Manhattan apartment on Friday to ensure it was disinfected.

“Our contractor will clean and disinfect out of an abundance of caution. They will throw away the bed linens, towels, toiletries, food in the fridge, throw away garbage,” a Health Department spokesman said. “They will wipe down hard frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant. And once complete, we will inspect and certify the apartment is Okay to re-enter.”

The health official said the department did not believe there were any bodily fluids, which transmit the virus, in the apartment.

“We do not believe there are any body fluids in the apartment because the patient did not report any vomiting it diarrhea,” the spokesman said.

Spencer’s decision to travel to West Africa to work for Doctors Without Borders was described as a selfless act by the mayor.

“These individuals who are going there to serve are going to be the ones to end this crisis,” de Blasio said. “We can’t have the illusion that is ‘we turn away from it, then someday it will end.'”

De Blasio paid tribute to Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who had contracted Ebola while treating a patient who died of the virus. Pham was released Friday and spoke outside the National Institutes of Health in Maryland just minutes before the New York City press conference started.

De Blasio said that her recovery shows that “the capacity of our medical community to address this issue is extraordinary.”

Pham met with President Obama in the White House on her way back home to Dallas Friday.

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National Park Service Investigating Vandalism Reports in at Least 10 Parks

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The National Park Service has launched an investigation following reports of vandalism in at least 10 parks in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah, officials said Friday.

“On Tuesday we received a phone call from a reporter who directed us to a web blog called www.modernhiker.com claiming that a person has self-identified as serially vandalizing National Parks in the west,” Jeffrey Oslon, a National Park Services spokesman told ABC News.

“We have verified the images of the vandalized sites and we are trying to locate them, confirm that they exist so we can repair them,” he added.

A statement issued by the National Park Service lists the areas affected as Yosemite National Park, California; Death Valley National Park, California; Crater Lake National Park, Oregon; Zion National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both in Utah.

“We are awaiting confirmation in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park and Joshua Tree National Park, both in California; Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; Bryce National Park, Utah,” the statement said.

Vandalism, as described in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR 2.31(a)(3): Destroying, injuring, defacing, or damaging property or real property.

“Vandalism is a class A misdemeanor and since this act happened on federal land it makes the Federal Class A misdemeanor. It is a penalty of $5,000 and one year in prison,” said Olson.

“National parks exist to preserve and protect our nation’s natural, cultural and historic heritage for both current and future generations. Vandalism is a violation of the law and it also damages and sometimes destroys often irreplaceable treasures that belong to all Americans,” the National Park Service said in a statement.

ABC News tried to access the Instagram and Tumblr accounts where the pictures and comments allegedly have been posted but it appears they were taken down. However, many of the pictures appeared on Modern Hiker’s blog in a story they published called “Art in the Parks.”

“There are forums for artistic expression in national parks because national parks inspire artistic creativity. These images are outside that forum and outside the law,” said Olson.

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Donations Pour in to Buy Eric Frein Lookalike a Car

The Tully Family(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Thousands of dollars have been raised for a Pennsylvania man who said he’s continually accosted by cops as he walks to work through the woods where police are searching for suspected cop killer Eric Frein.

Supporters who heard about James Tully’s plight raised nearly $14,000 online to buy him a car. Tully said he walks five miles from his home in Canadensis to his job at a metal manufacturing factory, and his path crosses right through the manhunt area in the Pocono Mountains.

He told ABC News affiliate WNEP that he’s been stopped by police at least 20 times, and was once even ambushed at gunpoint by authorities who thought he was the suspect.

Since neighbor Dawn DeBiase launched the GoFundMe campaign this week, hundreds of sympathetic people have donated.

“If everyone was willing to walk 10 miles to make a dollar, the world would be a different place,” one supporter wrote.

“I am retired now but I can remember times when I had no car to get to work and I found people willing to help me,” said another donor. “Just like all these great people helping you. Good luck to you.”

DeBiase posted a message from Tully’s mother on the fundraising page Thursday night.

“I don’t know if James is aware of the present total as he is at work right now,” she wrote, according to DeBiase’s update. “But I am blown away. I don’t have the words to thank each of you for your kindness to my son. To say thank you seems so inadequate, but I don’t know what else I could say. Many thanks to everyone who donated and posted encouraging messages. Thank you especially, Dawn for organizing this.”

Police have been searching for Frein for six weeks, since he allegedly opened fire at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12, killing one state trooper and injuring another, before escaping into the woods.

Frein, a self-trained survivalist, has been spotted several times, but evaded police capture.

Tully has started wearing his employer ID on a lanyard around his neck, and wearing a reflective vest on his walks so police immediately know he is not the suspect.

Pennsylvania State Police declined to make an official comment, but said that if Tully feels he was mistreated, he should file a complaint.

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Red Hot Lava Flow Edging Toward Hawaiian Town

iStock/Thinkstock(PAHOA, Hawaii) — A lava flow threatening homes and a town on the Big Island of Hawaii has gained speed in recent days, advancing more than five football fields in just the last 48 hours.

Hawaii civil defense authorities and scientists are closely monitoring the lava’s progress, which is steadily encroaching on the small town of Pahoa and several Big Island subdivisions. The flow is now less than a mile from Pahoa, Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said Thursday.

Oliveira said changes in topography may help slow or change the path of the red-hot lava flow, which emerged from the Kilauea volcano East Rift Zone on June 27 and has traveled roughly 11 miles since then.

Authorities now say they are preparing for the inevitable. About 10,000 residents on the island could be affected, Oliveira said. When the lava gets too close — and Oliveira says he doesn’t yet know when that is — the plan is to give residents three to five days warning before they need to evacuate.

“We’d like to allow people adequate time to make whatever plans they need to make on a comfortable timeline,” Oliveira said.

Authorities said the lava traveled 425 yards from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning. The lava devoured another 130 acres of terrain by Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Emergency roads are already being constructed in case the lava cuts off people living in the lower Puna area. Power company officials began efforts Thursday to protect electrical transmission lines.

Big Island residents are used to living with one of the world’s most active, and sometimes destructive, volcanos. Since the current eruption began in 1983, unstoppable lava flows have added 500 new acres to the island and destroyed at least 181 homes, a visitor center, a church and a community center, according the National Park Service.

Oliveira says past efforts to slow or divert lava flows simply don’t work, and can create more problems.

“Any redirecting of the flow would likely push it into another subdivision in another area, basically putting new properties at risk that would not have been at risk before,” Oliveira told ABC News.

“If we divert it, we are going to push it into someone else’s backyard,” he said.

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Jodi Arias Trial Hit With Another Juror Issue

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Jodi Arias trial ended early on Thursday because of a “juror issue,” the latest incident in the four-day-old trial involving jurors.

The jury is not expected to return to court until Monday. The court did not make clear what the issue was.

But so far, the panel has already lost two alternates.

The judge ordered a group of 19 jurors to sit through what is expected to be a two-month trial that will determine whether Arias should be condemned to death for the 2008 murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander. Arias, 34, was convicted last year of killing Alexander with a gunshot, 27 stab wounds and by slitting his throat. But the jury was split on whether Arias should be executed, requiring a second jury for the sentencing phase of the trial.

The plan to have seven alternate jurors for the sentencing phase was whittled to six on the first day when one juror didn’t show up because of a family emergency.

On Wednesday, a second juror was dismissed because of improper contact with a member of the media that the juror mistook for ABC News legal analyst Nancy Grace, and for not wearing her juror badge.

If a third juror gets booted, the trial will be left with four alternates as the lengthy trial is just beginning.

The trial promises to be an ordeal with lots of grisly testimony and photos about the wounds, as well as raunchy photos, texts and phone message between Arias and Alexander. On the first day of the trial prosecutor Juan Martinez showed the jury a photo of Alexander’s gaping neck wound.

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Nebraska High School OKs Guns In Senior Portraits

iStock/Thinkstock(BROKEN BOW, Neb.) — A Nebraska school district changed its policy to allow seniors to pose with guns for their yearbook photos, and the school’s superintendent says he’s just catching up with the rest of the Midwest.

Students can pose with any type of prop, from rifles to basketballs, as long as what they’re wearing meets the school’s dress code and the photo is “tasteful and appropriate,” according to the new policy introduced this week.

“We are a very rural community right in the center of Nebraska where hunting and other shooting sports are very popular,” Broken Bow Public Schools Superintendent Mark Sievering said. “We have something that is known as the One Box Pheasant Hunt that is a hunt attended by people all over the nation.”

While hunting is huge, the city of Broken Bow is small. In fact, the district only has one high school, so the new policy doesn’t affect many students.

“We’re a town of about 3,500 people,” Sievering said. “On any given year, we might have 60 to 70 seniors. We’re not talking about hundreds of kids or several schools in a district.”

Still, when news of the new rule broke in the Omaha World-Herald, Sievering said he got calls from people across the nation who pictured “a fourth-grader coming into school and having their picture taken with a gun.”

“That is not what this is about,” he said, adding that students take the senior photos off campus. Sievering said he realizes that it could be easy for people who live in other parts of the country, where yearbook photos are taken at school, to “misconstrue” his policy.

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There was never a ban on weapons in senior photos at Broken Bow High School, but the district generally didn’t allow it, the superintendent said. Last year when a yearbook adviser asked about the policy, Sievering realized there wasn’t one, and he and the school board decided hunting was an important hobby to many students, and should be represented in the yearbook if students choose.

“I’m confident that students across the country are already taking photos like this. This is not a new thing,” he said.

Photographer Brian Baer said he takes yearbook photos for students throughout the state of Nebraska, including in Broken Bow, and has never heard of anyone banning weapons in photos.

“I’ve been in business for 20 years doing senior portraits, and this is the first time it’s been called to attention,” he said. “And I think it was addressed because of some sensitivity of school shootings that are becoming more common across the country, unfortunately.”

“When we do senior portraits, we ask our students to consider an activity that they’re interested in, that they’re passionate about,” Baer added. “Sometimes it’s dancing, sometimes it’s basketball, sometimes hunting is the activity they’re interested in.”

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